Atlas Shrugged Movie Pondering
movie Atlas Shrugged has had me thinking; Why did the book influence my thought process so much? Well the answer is it did not. It only clarified it. Rand merely stripped away the veneer of politically correct thinking, peer pressure group think and irrational theory that was clouding otherwise rational thought. I have to admit, this didn't happen all at once for me. Three things happened. The most obvious is I was pulled into the story because it's well... a good story. It's compelling. The characters are very easy to like, hate, cheer for and despise.
Rush and I found myself tuning in. I thought I was the only person in the world that listened to the guy. I mean holy shit! "He's saying all the things I already knew (for the most part), just more clearly. And it kinda scared me. It scared me because i thought I was the only one.
Well as it turned out I was not the only one. I remember one day a subcontractor showed up on my work site and overheard Rush's program I had playing on the radio. "You listen to that guy? Thought I was the only one" So what did Rush and rand do to me? They made me think, they made me realize I'm not alone in my thinking. And while I may not agree with all their ideas, they have thrust critical thinking and rational thought to the forefront despite harsh opposition.
Third was that the book is not just about the strengths of the characters, but their weakness as well. It's sobering when you think about it.
Star Ship Troopers" Well Is the question is did Hollywood F-up Star-ship Troopers (book)? The answer is no! A book is not a movie and a movie is not a book. If you look at the movie on it's own, it's a fun/good movie. Not the best, but fun never the less. Because of the movie, I was able to get my son to read the book, and he loved it. He loved it enough that at this very moment he is reading The Cat who Walks Through Walls.